Discovering and Developing Talents in Spanish-Speaking Students

Discovering and Developing Talents in Spanish-Speaking Students

By: Olivia G. Bolanos (author), Kathryn P. Haydon (author), Joan F. Smutny (author), Gina M. Estrada Danley (author)Paperback

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This comprehensive guide will provide teachers and administrators with practical suggestions and materials that they can immediately use to improve their teaching of high-ability students from Spanish-speaking households. The authors will share best practices that narrow the language and cultural barriers between educators and the families of their gifted students and will help teachers:Support ELL students by guiding teachers and schools to affirm them and their unique and rich cultural backgrounds. Increase minority enrollment in gifted programs by providing a much-needed resource to schools, teachers, and districts on meeting the needs of this population.Improve the effectiveness of educational programs by strengthening the home-school connection for Hispanic families.Bridge the Anglo-Hispanic cultural divide by informing educators on cultural nuances and helping them more effectively meet the needs of their students.Educate Hispanic parents on the meaning of gifted, giftedness, and how to support their own children.Overcome budget constraints with practical guidelines and reproducibles for teachers to implement in their programs right away.This book will also contain parent/teacher/student testimonials, samples of communications with parents, and an appendix of reproducibles in English and Spanish so that teachers can photocopy or adapt them for their own use to aid in their communication with student families.

About Author

Joan Franklin Smutny is founder and director of the Center for Gifted, a Northern Illinois University Partner. She directs programs for thousands of bright, talented, and gifted children in the Chicago area annually. She also teaches creative writing in many of these programs as well as courses on gifted education for graduate students at the university level. She is editor of the Illinois Association for Gifted Children Journal, contributing editor of Understanding Our Gifted, and a regular contributor to the Gifted Education Communicator, Parenting for High Potential, and the Gifted Education Press Quarterly. Smutny has authored, co-authored, and edited many articles and books on gifted education for teachers, parents, and administrators, including Challenging High Potential Spanish Speaking Students (2012), Teaching Advanced Learners in the General Education Classroom (2011), Manifesto of the Gifted Girl (2010), Differentiating for the Young Child, Second Edition (2010), Igniting Creativity in Gifted Learners, K-6 (2009), Acceleration for Gifted Learners, K-5 (2007), Reclaiming the Lives of Gifted Girls and Women (2007), Designing and Developing Programs for Gifted Students (2003), Underserved Gifted Populations (2003), Gifted Education: Promising Practices (2003), Stand Up for Your Gifted Child (2001), The Young Gifted Child: Potential and Promise, an Anthology (1998), and Teaching Young Gifted Children in the Regular Classroom (1997). In 1996, she won the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contribution to the field of gifted education. Kathryn P. Haydon has been an advocate for early second language learning, and has taught and developed curriculum for preschool and elementary school Spanish programs. She has also worked extensively with high-school aged Hispanic students as a college essay writing coach. The founder of Ignite Creative Learning Studio in Ojai, California, Kathryn is a nationally-known writer and speaker, and a teacher and mentor to gifted and creative students of all ages. A former second grade teacher, she is a published author on teaching, creativity, parenting, and early foreign language instruction, and her work was featured in Igniting Creativity in Gifted Learners, K-6 (Corwin, 2009). Kathryn holds a B.A. from Northwestern University in Spanish and Latin American language, literature, and culture. She serves on the Torrance Legacy Creative Writing Awards committee for the National Association for Gifted Children. Olivia Gutierrez Bolanos is the Coordinator of Curriculum and Instruction in the Santa Maria-Bonita School District where one of her responsibilities is overseeing the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Program. She taught bilingual education for 11 years and was a principal for 12 years. Olivia comes from a family very similar to the students she has worked with. Her ability to create an atmosphere of "familia" within the school community and her knowledge of Hispanic culture has helped lead to the academic success of her students. Olivia has seen the GATE Spanish Parent group flourish in the district in just three years by making a few changes to better meet their needs. Gina M. Estrada Danley has been a teacher of gifted and talented students since 1997. She taught junior high English for 11 years and has served as district GATE resource teacher in the Santa Maria-Bonita School District for 4 years. Having had her own life powerfully impacted by participation in the Future Leaders camp at age 13, she has since been the assistant co-director for the Future Leaders annual summer retreat, dedicated to empowering young Latino/Chicano students to fulfill their leadership potential. A strong advocate for gifted education, Gina is proactive with the California Association for the Gifted (CAG). She facilitated the local regional affiliate's Best Practices Workshop for educators and parents of gifted and talented students. She has also been a presenter at CAG's annual conference, where she has shared best practices on reaching high-performing Hispanic students.


Acknowledgments About the Authors Introduction 1. Changing Landscape of U.S. Schools: A Call to Action 2. Bilingualism: A Cognitive Strength 3. A Cultural Primer 4. Recognizing Talents, Abilities, and Creativity in Your Spanish-Speaking Students 5. Identifying Gifted Hispanic Students 6. Effective Ways for Teachers to Connect Wth Spanish-Speaking Parents 7. Developing the Strengths and Talents of Hispanic ELLs: Strategies for Getting Started 8. Program Options for Advanced Hispanic ELLs: Putting Your Strategies to Work Conclusion Appendix Bibliography Index

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781412996365
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 216
  • ID: 9781412996365
  • weight: 28
  • ISBN10: 1412996368

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